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Welcome to the 2006 Virginia Interoperable Communications Conference. Chris Essid Commonwealth Interoperability Coordinator. Opening Remarks. The Honorable Robert P. Crouch, Jr. Assistant to the Governor for Homeland Security Office of Commonwealth Preparedness.
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Commonwealth Interoperability Coordinator
The Honorable Robert P. Crouch, Jr.
Assistant to the Governor for Homeland Security Office of Commonwealth Preparedness
Review of the FY 2007 Strategic Plan for Statewide Communications Interoperability
State Interoperability Executive Committee
Mission: Improve public safety communications in the Commonwealth of Virginia through enhanced voice and data communications interoperability.
Vision: By 2015, agencies and their representatives at the
local, regional, state, and federal levels will be able to
communicate using compatible systems, in real time,
across disciplines and jurisdictions, to respond more
effectively during day-to-day operations and major
Goal 1:Create a common understanding of communications interoperability throughout the Commonwealth
Goal 2: As appropriate, utilize common language, coordinated protocols and standards statewide
Goal 3: Integrate existing and future communications systems
Goal 4: Facilitate training to enhance effective use of communications systems
Virginia Code 9.1-1200
The office of the Governor shall ensure that the annual review and update of the statewide interoperability strategic plan is accomplished and implemented to achieve effective and efficient communication between state, local, and federal communication systems.
All state agencies and localities shall achieve consistency with and support the goals of the statewide interoperability strategic plan by July 1, 2015, in order to remain eligible to receive state or federal funds for communications programs and systems.
Developed and currently implementing FY 2007 Plan
Developed the Commonwealth’s interoperability investment submission for federal funding
Established formal performance measures and secured funding to complete a statewide inventory of communications equipment, governance, and operating procedures
Continued to work on local connections to the STARS system and ensuring the needs of Virginia’s localities are coordinated with state investments
Improved coordination among Virginia’s state agencies for interoperability projects
Secured an Executive Order formally establishing the State Interoperability Executive Committee (SIEC)
Developed and implemented an outreach strategy to reach an ever-increasing number of stakeholders
Since 2004 the SIEC has conducted competitive grant processes that has resulted in $4.1 million in local interoperability grants
Initiatives split into five categories:
October 3-4, 2006